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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pitzer has a lot of study rooms that are conveniently located in residence halls. There's a large grassy area in the center of campus where a lot of students chill, hang out, read, study for an exam. Overall, facilities are good. I don't have complaints.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities right now are very mixed. There are some very nice new facilities and some older not so nice ones. Over the next few years that'll change hopefully.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: All the graffiti and agriculture on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The Gold Student Center is under construction this year, which means that students have to go to other 5C campuses to access gym facilities. However, next year the construction will be complete and should be super nice! Other facilities, such as the demo kitchen, are great!

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4 College Senior

Facilities: The program I'm in, the New Resources program, is very unique. It helps older student finish their degree. It allows them to complete their degrees at their paces because it takes in consideration that most of these sident have families and full-time jobs. Furthermore the program is nearly fully funded (tuition and fees), though you won't accumulate a lot of debt. New Resources student are also given understanding with their course work without getting preferential treatment.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 194th
    Best Library
  • 343rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 980th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1270th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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Pitzer College has a unique campus with a lot of character. Recent years have shown some of the school's most prosperous developments, with old buildings being torn down and new ones sprouting up as frequently as the plant life on campus. The newest additions to Pitzer's campus include the Pit-Stop Café, a student-run coffeehouse with everything to satiate a hungry college student's needs. During the 2007-2008 school year, freshmen were able to enjoy the brand-new, Gold LEED-certified dormitories that continue to be favorites. Students are currently anticipating the completion of even more residence halls to accommodate Pitzer's ever-growing student body. Pitzer is well on its way to creating a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art facilities. Phase One of the Residential Life Project has already been completed, and everyone is looking forward to the day that all of the renovations come to fruition.

Students are able to access many of the facilities at the other four Claremont Colleges, including the Honnold/Mudd Library, which holds more than two million books and journals. Other recent additions to Pitzer's campus include the outdoor volleyball and basketball courts. Students adore these plazas, and a good game is always up for grabs. The pool at the Gold Student Center is another place that students frequent, and with the beautiful Southern California weather, who could blame them? By far, the most popular hangout on Pitzer's campus is the Mounds. These small, lush hills serve students who wish to sleep, read, catch up with friends, play musical instruments, or anything else you can think of. There are always students on the Mounds (except when it's raining—Pitzer students rarely venture outside of their dorms when the weather is nasty).

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
35 acres
Student Centers
Gold Student Center
Main Libraries
  • Ella Strong Denison Library (shared between Claremont Colleges)
  • Honnold/Mudd Library (shared between Claremont Colleges)
  • Lucian Marquis Library
  • Norman F. Sprague Library (shared between Claremont Colleges)
  • Seeley G. Mudd Library (shared between Claremont Colleges)
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Coop
  • Gold Student Center pool
  • Grove House Kitchen
  • The Hub
  • Jay's Place
  • The Motley
  • The Mounds
  • Suite common rooms
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Pit-Stop Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Rose Hills Theater at Pomona College
"Green" Initiatives
Pitzer is known for being a very "green"-forward school. The freshman dorms are Gold LEED certified, and the current construction plan is to ensure that all new buildings are certified, as well. Pitzer is environmentally friendly and even has a compost near the arboretum, as well as a Green Bike Program that uses recycled parts to repair and build bikes that are raffled out to students during the beginning of each semester.
School Slang
  • 5Cs: This refers to the five undergraduate schools that make up the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer and Pomona have joint athletics. Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd play jointly, as well.
  • Ath/The Athenaeum: A facility located on CMC's campus where dinners with renowned speakers are held. You must sign up in advance. This takes one meal from your meal card. Blue jeans are not allowed; you must dress nicely. The food is great, and they have a pastry chef who creates fabulous desserts.
  • CMC: Claremont McKenna College
  • Flex: Flex dollars are like campus cash. When you purchase a meal plan, you receive a certain number of flex dollars. These can be used at any of the campus restaurants or coffee bars. Your ID card is used as a sort of debit card.
  • Grove House: California bungalow-style house built in 1902; houses a snack shop
  • GSC: Gold Student Center
  • The Hub: Food joint on CMC's campus
  • Keck/JSD: This is the science center for the joint program between CMC, Scripps, and Pitzer.
  • Kohoutek: Pitzer's annual music festival, usually held at the end of April or early May, that goes on all weekend
  • The Motley: Coffeehouse on Scripps's campus
  • Mounds: Grassy area between McConnell and Holden-strung with hammocks
  • Mudd/Mudders: Referring to Harvey Mudd College/HMC students
  • PAct: Pitzer Activities Committee
  • Sagehen: The Pitzer-Pomona mascot is a small extinct bird resembling a chicken. When threatened, it would run and bury its head in the sand. It is also a café on Pomona's campus where you can pay with cash or Flex.
  • Scrippsies: Referring to Scripps students
  • Snacky-Snack: Food and movies-a great study break
  • SoCal: Reference to Southern California
  • Taco Tuesday: Pitzer's Mexican options offered on Tuesday nights
  • The Village: Center of town in Claremont, has lots of restaurants and shops
  • Without A Box: 5C improv theater group
  • Kohoutek: Annual two-day arts and music festival held in April
  • Reggae Fest: The biggest reggae music festival west of the Mississippi
Urban Legends
  • Everyone smokes weed.
  • The campus was built on top of Native American land, and there are burial grounds beneath the College.
Favorite Things To Do
Pitzer students are creative with their free time and do not waste one minute of it. You will frequently see students on the Mounds in the center of campus, relaxing, playing guitar, tossing around a Frisbee, or lounging in a hammock. Students also tan and swim at the Gold Student Center pool, take coffee breaks at the Pit-Stop Café, volunteer with one of the many community-based organizations on campus, or hop on the Metrolink into Los Angeles where options for fun things to do are limitless. The Claremont Colleges offer a multitude of activities at any given time-the hard part is choosing what to do! Students are club members, intramural sports players, actors, singers, and playwrights. With such a diverse array of people at one school, activity options must be just as diverse as the student body. Whether it is a visiting comedian, a poetry reading, or a school-wide trip to the beach, Pitzer never fails to provide entertainment for its students.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Collage
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Student clubs and organizations on campus are crucial elements to Pitzer life. There are a myriad of different organizations to choose from, and many students participate in more than one. Because Pitzer strongly believes in enabling change, it is not uncommon for students to create new clubs each year that they feel encompass the Pitzer ideals or the beliefs and passions of the students. Some of the most popular student organizations at Pitzer include: The Green Bike Program, Pitzer Activities (PAct), Pitzer Outdoor Adventures (POA), Feminist Coalition, Dining with Democracy, and many more. Students should not be afraid to join an organization on campus; in fact, doing so will most likely increase your participation in other school-related activities, and help build meaningful relationships, as well.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 52 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 71 responses

  • 15% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 32% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 36 responses

  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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